Monday, May 21, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (May 21)

On this date in...

1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jim convinced Russ to attend summer school.

1971: The first episode of UPSTAIRS DOWNSTARS was re-recorded in color after the original recording, which was in black and white, was lost.

1974: The very first Daytime Emmys took place at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The show was hosted by Peter Marshall and winners included THE DOCTORS (Drama Series), Macdonald Carey and Elizabeth Hubbard.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Nola gave birth.

1986: On the sixth season finale of DYNASTY, Alexis took over the Carrington mansion, and Blake began to strangle her. Meanwhile, during Dominique's engagement party, Claudia accidentally set fire to La Mirage, leaving several lives in danger.

1992: THE REAL WORLD, from longtime soap producer Mary-Ellis Bunim, premiered on MTV. Mary-Ellis said, “What if you could do a soap opera with no actors and no writers?” Read the story of its origin here.

1999: Susan Lucci finally won an Emmy Award the year of her 19th consecutive nominations. As Shemar Moore announced her win: "The streak is over…Susan Lucci!" Other winners were GENERAL HOSPITAL (Drama Series, Writing), Anthony Geary, Stuart Damon, Sharon Case, Jonathan Jackson and Heather Tom.

2004: At the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (Drama Series), Anthony Geary, Michelle Stafford, Rick Hearst, Cady McClain, Chad Brannon and Jennifer Finnigan.

2006: 24.2 million viewers watched the second season finale of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Alice Drummond (ex-Susie, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Loretta, WHERE THE HEART IS; ex-Nurse Jackson, DARK SHADOWS) - 84
Richard Hatch (ex-Steven, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Dean, DYNASTY; ex-Harmon, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN; ex-Phil, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 67
Carol Potter (ex-Joan, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Cindy, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210; ex-Beverly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Betsy, THE DOCTORS) - 64
Mr. T (Himself, WWF/WCW) - 60
Brett Tucker (ex-Daniel, NEIGHBOURS) - 40
Marnie Schulenburg (Alison, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 28

1 comment:

  1. I cannot believe that so much time has passed since wonderful Susan Lucci won her well-deserved Emmy--Yay!

    Brian :-)